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Gloria and Peter’s Wedding at Hedsor House

Gloria and Peter were married on 13th August 2016 in a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony blessing at Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire.

I’m absolutely delighted to share with you their full wedding ceremony story, courtesy of professional photographer Liam Collard (LiamCollard.com) who captured each moment as it happened…

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Everything is ready to begin under the pretty floral arch over looking the Chiltern Valley in the distance.

I stand with Peter and his guests, excitedly waiting for the bride to arrive. We’re given the thumbs up that she’s ready, so now I ask everyone to be upstanding as the harpist plays the entrance music….

Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant wedding ceremony Hedsor house Buckinghamshire symbolic Liam Collard photography

Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant wedding ceremony Hedsor house Buckinghamshire symbolic Liam Collard photography
Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant wedding ceremony Hedsor house Buckinghamshire symbolic Liam Collard photography
Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant wedding ceremony Hedsor house Buckinghamshire symbolic Liam Collard photography
Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant wedding ceremony Hedsor house Buckinghamshire symbolic Liam Collard photography

The bride has arrived on her father’s arm ready to be given away. Peter and Gloria wished to incorporate this Western tradition into their ceremony in honour of her father.

This is a lovely moment, when I formally ask her father “who gives this woman to be married to this man…?”

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The service begins, and after a warm welcome to everyone (some guests have flown in from Singpore, Hong Kong, The USA and Beijing!) we start by sharing Gloria and Peter’s love story. 

The tale of how they met is a very sweet one and full of giggles! We share this story with their guests, and also tell everyone about Peter’s romantic marriage proposal.

 

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Gloria and Peter’s relationship has spanned oceans in the past, with thousands of miles separating them for periods lasting several months. 

We decided to incorporate the symbolic ceremony of the ‘Fisherman’s Knot’ into their service, to symbolise that their love only ever grows stronger, even in the face of a challenge…

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It didn’t go quite right first time… or even the second time… but with a little bit of patience the knot was finally tied, third time lucky! 

It provided a lot of laughs getting there though! 

 

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Gloria and Peter had written their own wedding vows, which brought out a few tears when spoken out loud to one another…

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We also included a Wedding Band Blessing or ‘Ring Warming’ ceremony.

The wedding rings were passed around the whole congregation whilst the harpist played some music, and every guests was invited to impart their personal blessings or good wishes onto the wedding bands before they reached the couple’s hands.

How lovely to be able to involve your wedding guests in your ceremony with this beautiful gesture! 

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Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant wedding ceremony Hedsor house Buckinghamshire symbolic Liam Collard photography …and that was that! When all the ‘I dos’ were said and done, the guests erupted into a round of cheering and applause. Peter and Gloria sealed their marriage with a kiss and headed back down the aisle to begin celebrating with champagne!

Thank you to Liam Collard for sharing these photos. Also a big well done to wedding planner Rebecca Buckingham of Heart Shaped Weddings for her planning and coordination of a gorgeous day.

Congratulations Gloria and Peter! x

To discuss the plans for your own celebrant wedding ceremony, email Samantha today! enquiries@ukcelebrant.co.uk

 

Gemma and Tom’s Testimonial

What a lovely email to start the day with…. I’m so, so pleased my couple Gemma & Tom  love the first draft of their wedding ceremony script! 

Our meeting together on Sunday was so easy and comfortable, and getting to know them both was such a joy, that they inspired me to go away and immediately write something from the heart that I felt summed up their relationship completely… and it seems I got it just right! 

Now I can’t wait for the day to finally arrive when I get to say all these wonderful words at their wedding!

“Thank you so so much for spending time with us on Sunday, we were so relaxed with you and enjoyed the experience very much. We were both a little nervous before you came but we enjoyed ourselves.

We are over the moon with what you have written and have read it over and over, unfortunately not without crying yet, it’s so beautiful and everything we wanted from our blessing.”

If you’d like to know more about having Samantha as your wedding celebrant, follow the link to this page for more information… Or send an email to enquiries@ukcelebrant.co.uk

Sara and Simon’s Wedding at Luton Hoo

Sara and Simon celebrated their blessing of marriage at Luton Hoo Walled Gardens on Saturday 16th July.Samantha Kelsie celebrant wedding ceremony luton hoo walled gardens

Sara and Simon’s wedding was a beautiful combination of three cultures. Simon’s family are from the Carribean, and Sara’s are from Pakistan, so in the morning they celebrated with a tradional Muslim Nikkah ceremony, before asking me to help them celebrate with a more traditional British ceremony in the afternoon.

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We made sure to include lots of personal references to their cultuire, families, and the coming together of all their traditions in their ceremony script. It was such an honour to help them do this – how lovely to have something so personal spoken about on your wedding day…

I helped Sara and Simon to write a very sweet set of wedding vows, which involved the groom reading the first half of each line, only to be finished off by the bride who completed each sentence.

It was truly moving, and almost brought everyone to tears! So gorgeous!

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The venue was just divine as well, and we were lucky enough to have the sun shining down on us as the flowers blossomed in the walled garden behind us. The ceremony structure was adorened with trailing hydrangeas (which matched the flowers on my dress – pure coincidence!) and we had a snazzy sparkly table set up behind us ready for the couple to sign their personal certificate of their wedding vows…. a cute little keepsake of the day.

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Sara looked truly stunning both in her traditional Muslim costume and later on in her pure white wedding dress. She’s a very lucky lady too, as Simon is quite possibly one of the most romantic gentlemen I have ever had the pleasure of meeting!

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It was a real honour to be a part of their day… wishing you both so much love and happiness x

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Chloe and David’s Farm Wedding in Winslow

Chloe and David celebrated their wedding ceremony on Saturday 2nd June, on Chloe’s family farm.

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It was a spectacularly quirky event, with the bride, her father and her two little boys arriving on a tractor. Everyone watched them as they drove down towards the ceremony, which was held in a gorgeous spot on one of the furthest corners of the farm. There was huge round of applause once they arrived!

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Overall, the day was bright and sunny, but there were a few cheeky black clouds circling around us threatening to keep us on our toes. Luckily, I had brought my two white bridal brollies with me (and my welly boots!) and the Best Man was on hand to whip out the umbrellas when we needed them – which we did, twice!

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Chloe and David chose to hold their wedding on the farm due to the personal place it held in both of their hearts. But, in respect of their faith, they chose to repeat the traditional church vows we all know so well.

“Think what a better world it would be if we – the whole world – had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap.  Or if all governments had a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.  And it is still true, no matter how old you are – when you go out in to the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together”.
Reading by Robert Fulgham, read out by a friend.

After an exchange of wedding rings, and two poems read out by different friends, we ended the ceremony with a family handfasting. Chloe and David’s two little boys were involved in helping to bring forward the four ribbons which represented them each as members of the family, and were used to bind their parent’s hands together.  samantha kelsie wedding celebrant outdoor farm wedding uk

It was a gorgeous ceremony, and extremely personal to both the couple and the whole family. Lots of guests commented afterwards on how very unqiue it had been, and how priviledged they felt to be there to experience this moment with them.

We timed everything just perfectly, as the moment the ceremony ended and all the guests reached the reception marquee the heavens finally opened in full flow and I found myself caught in a torrential rain storm so heavy I had to wait in the car for a full 10 minutes before I could safely drive away from the farm!

Oh well, they do say it’s good luck if it rains on your wedding day… x

Thank you to Chloe and David for sending these photos, which were snapped by one of the guests during the wedding ceremony.

Andy and Nikki’s Garden Wedding at Home

Congratulations to beautiful couple Andy and Nikki who were married this weekend! We were lucky enough to keep the wet weather at bay on Saturday afternoon, long enough to enjoy a glorious outdoor wedding ceremony underneath a huge oak tree, stood out on the pretty corner patio of the garden, at the bride’s family home in Farnham Common.

samantha kelsie  out door wedding ceremony celebrant beaconsfieldThe wedding was a quaint affair, sweet and informal, with guests making themselves well and truly at home in Nikki’s father’s house, and friends chipping in and lending hands to the kitchen and cupcake stands, all contributing to a family-like vibe which resonated throughout the celebration.


A harpist played the bride in to the ceremony, and the rings were delivered with the help of Molly the Jack Russel, who behaved just beautifully on cue from the groom!

samantha kelsie  out door wedding ceremony celebrant beaconsfieldAndy and Nikki’s ceremony was an absolute joy to write , and a pleasure to perform. The script held a heavy responsibility not just in supporting the couple’s commitment to eachother, but to their earth-loving lifestyle, and dedication to the environment too. 

“Hiya Samantha, 

Just a quick email before I forget to say a huge thank you for Saturday- everyone commented how great you were 🙂 It all went perfectly and your confidence really helped me get through the ceremony and saying our vows!

Nikki xx” 

Spirituality was in abundance, with a quote by Ghandi, and a beautiful Ohso blessing delivered by a friend, and the vows were scripted with Buddhist teachings, and spoken in unison by the bride and groom.

What was even more unique, were the wedding rings Nikki and Andy had chosen to wear to symbolise their marriage. Not like traditional wedding rings, these rings were made of wood, sourced from an area of the world dear to their hearts, and a central band of crushed shells and sand which represent their personal values, and our human significance, within the greater story of our planet.

samantha kelsie  out door wedding ceremony celebrant beaconsfieldTheir ceremony was truly beautiful, and the bond between this couple, and their dedication to what they believe in is simply admirable. It was an honour to help them celebrate their day…

Samantha